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December 29, 2009 7:45 PM GMT
Villa Park
Referee:‬ Lee Probert‎
 
 
Fernando Torres 90+3′
90′ +5
That's it! This is a crucial win for Liverpool, who move above Birmingham into 7th, two points behind Villa, who drop to 6th place. Torres had a quiet game, but when presented with his chance he took it with aplomb.
 
90′ +5
Substitution Yossi Benayoun Fabio Aurelio
 
90′ +3
Benayoun is off. Aurelio takes to the field. Not long left now.
 
90′ +3
Goal Fernando Torres
 
90′ +2
GOAL FOR LIVERPOOL! Torres wins it! Warnock gives it away initially and a 50-50 leads to the ball breaking into the box for Torres, who makes no mistake with a tidy finish.
 
90′ +1
Late pressure from Villa. Can they make it count?
 
90′
Four minutes of time added on.
 
90′
Four minutes of time added on.
 
89′
Chance for Villa as Milner is taken down by Skrtel yards from the box. Very nearly a penalty.
 
89′
Substitution Glen Johnson Martin Skrtel
 
89′
Chance for Villa as Milner is taken down by Skrtel yards from the box. Very nearly a penalty.
 
88′
Johnson is unable to continue and is replace by Martin Skrtel.
 
87′
Another chance for Agbonlahor on the left. Reina is able to mop up any danger.
 
87′
Calls for a foul by Carragher. Play continues and Agbonlahor shoots wide.
 
85′
Johnson is down and in need of treatment.
 
84′
Six minutes to go and it's still level. You could say this game has failed to live up to expectations.
 
83′
Nice turn of pace from Babel. The Dutch winger gets a throw off Cuellar.
 
81′
Liverpool are on top now. Gerrard has a cross-shot that eludes everyone and goes out.
 
80′
Insua fashions himself some space and has a shot. Eventually it goes out for a corner. Insua crosses again and Babel goes to head the ball but can't get a telling connection with it.
 
80′
Substitution Stewart Downing Steve Sidwell
 
79′
Martin O'Neill makes a change, bringing off Downing. Sidwell replaces him.
 
78′
Babel's first act is to win a throw off Dunne down the right wing.
 
77′
Aquilani is the man to make way for Babel.
 
77′
Substitution Alberto Aquilani Ryan Babel
 
75′
Ryan Babel is getting ready to come on for Liverpool.
 
75′
Villa have had 61% of possession in the last 10 minutes, indicative of their dominance.
 
73′
Villa are on top here, and look the most likely to score a winner.
 
72′
Substitution Nigel Reo-Coker Marc Albrighton
 
72′
Big shout for a handball! Insua makes a complete mess of an attempted header, nodding the ball onto his hand. No penalty.
 
71′
Reo-Coker trudges off and is replaced by Marc Albrighton.
 
70′
Carew is inches away from giving Villa the lead from the resulting corner!
 
69′
Close for Villa! Agbonlahor beats Carragher for pace and bares down on Reina. The stopper saves his effort.
 
68′
Petrov brings down Lucas and it's a free kick.
 
68′
Better from Villa. Downing floats a ball out to Milner and he wins a corner.
 
66′
The snow is beginning to subside. Villa are finding it difficult to create much.
 
63′
Cuellar goes in high on Gerrard and presents the Reds with a very inviting opportunity. Aquilani takes the free kick. It's always rising. The Italian has been quiet so far.
 
60′
Agbonlahor is brought down by Agger and takes the free kick quickly. Milner crosses. Yet again Liverpool clear.
 
60′
Agbonlahor is brought down by Agger and takes the free kick quickly. Milner crosses. Yet again Liverpool clear.
 
58′
Torres finds himself with a bit of space near the box. He tries to do too much with it and loses possession. The Spaniard really needed to pass it to a team mate there.
 
54′
So far the second period has followed the same pattern as the first. Neither side is really on top, and chances are at a premium.
 
54′
So far the second period has followed the same pattern as the first. Neither side is really on top, and chances are at a premium.
 
52′
After that delay play resumes.
 
51′
Play is held up while Reina changes his boots.
 
50′
Carew follows Aquilani's lead, hitting the ball out of play in an attempt to cross. Slow start to the second half, and it's still snowing.
 
47′
Aquilani attemps to cross on the right. The number four gets it horribly wrong, slicing the ball out for a goal kick. Clearly not what he had in mind.
 
45′
The second half is underway.
 
45′
Cuellar's weak header back to Friedel almost lets in Torres! Luckily for Villa the American manages to clear to safety. The referee blows for half time.
 
45′
There will just one minute of time added on at the end of a tight first half.
 
44′
Dunne plays the ball into the area. Agbonlahor isn't far away from getting on the end of it.
 
43′
Yellow Card Lucas Leiva
 
43′
Torres runs onto Gerrard's through ball. Friedel rushes out and gathers.
 
42′
Lucas is in the book now for scything down Agbonlahor.
 
41′
Yellow Card Richard Dunne
 
40′
Dunne picks up the game's first yellow card. The former Man City man doesn't pull out of a 50-50 with Lucas and he sends the Brazilian flying.
 
38′
Milner beats Johnson down the right with a flick using the instep of his boot. Carew heads on the winger's cross. But again there is no one there to get on the end of it.
 
36′
Kuyt goes down in the box and there are some calls for a penalty. Referee Lee Probert isn't swayed and play continues.
 
35′
The ball bounces in the Villa box and Torres rises to head the ball. However it has no power and Friedel can claim it.
 
32′
Carragher slides in and clears the ball....and it keeps on going, only just going over the bar. Friedel was worried there for a second!
 
30′
Downing must score! Milner's corner goes over everyone and sits up nicely for Downing, who smashes a volley towards goal. It's straight at Reina. Downing will feel he could have done better.
 
28′
Acrobatic stuff from Petrov. The Bulgarian chests the ball with his back to goal and attempts an audacious bicycle kick which is only just over.
 
26′
Young goes in late on Benayoun and gives away a free kick. Gerrard strikes it and the ball is hoofed behind for a corner by Carew.
 
24′
Reo-Coker beats three Liverpool players before being felled. Great play from the midfielder.
 
23′
Milner has Villa's first effort on target from just outside the box. It's a comfortable one for Reina, who stoops down low to save.
 
21′
Carew flicks the ball goalwards but there's no one to get on the end of it.
 
19′
Downing misplaces a pass. Villa are letting their early superiority slip.
 
17′
Fridel is called on again, this time saving a shot from Benayoun.
 
16′
Great save from Freidel! Torres brings the ball down on the right and sets up Gerrard. The midfielder's curling effort is tipped over by the American stopper.
 
15′
Villa clear and Liverpool come forward again.
 
14′
Free kick for Liverpool. Aquilani shrugs off the attentions of his marker and is brought down. Gerrard's shot is deflected behind for a corner.
 
13′
Dunne wins a header in the box with Reina in no mans land. Fortunately for the Spaniard the danger is quickly averted.
 
12′
The ball comes to Lucas from the corner. His shot is charged down by Luke Young.
 
12′
Some nice quick-fire passing earns Liverpool a corner.
 
10′
Villa are still on top. Liverpool are threatening, but only in fits and starts.
 
8′
Milner crosses to the far post. Dunne tries to attack the ball. Insua blocks him and it goes out for a Liverpool throw.
 
7′
Milner seizes on a loose ball and takes on Insua down the right. The defender brings down the Villa man and the referee awards a free kick.
 
5′
Liverpool win a corner. It comes straight out to Gerrard who plays it back in. There's a brief panic in the Villa box before the ball is hooked clear.
 
4′
Villa have made a vibrant start to this encounter. The snow is continuing to fall.
 
3′
Carew, with his back to goal, flicks the ball in the box but Reina gathers.
 
2′
Petrov, on the right wing, lays the ball of to Downing, whose shot is charged down.
 
2′
Insua brings down Agbonlahor and it's a free kick.
 
1′
The corner is dealt with by Liverpool. Promising start from Martin O'Neill's side.
 
1′
Early pressure from Villa, who win a corner.
 
1′
We're off and underway at a snowy Villa Park.
 
 
It's snowing at Villa Park, but it isn't settling and the game is in no danger of being called off.
 
 
Here's the Liverpool team. Aquilani starts for the Reds. Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Insua, Kuyt, Lucas, Aquilani, Benayoun, Gerrard, Torres. Substitutes: Cavalieri, Aurelio, Kyrgiakos, Babel, Ngog, Spearing, Skrtel.
 
 
Here's how Aston Villa will line up: Friedel, Luke Young, Cuellar, Dunne, Warnock, Reo-Coker, Milner, Petrov, Downing, Agbonlahor, Carew. Substitutes: Guzan, Sidwell, Albrighton, Delfouneso, Delph, Beye, Collins.
 
 
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's live coverage of the crucial clash between Aston Villa and Liverpool. I'm Alan McGuinness and I'll be taking you through events at Villa Park this evening.
 
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man Utd.
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0